Service & Outreach

Love One Another.

Serving God and others is the lifeblood of so much that happens at Bon Air Presbyterian Church.  The Church and Society Ministry Team provides leadership and opportunities for our church to promote justice and to meet the real needs of our community and the world, through local and global partnerships. 

RISC (Richmonders Involved to Strengthen Our Communities) 

RISC is an interracial, interfaith, nonpartisan organization which brings congregations together to build the power to meet God’s call to ‘do justice’. Topics for 2021 include Housing/Evictions and Gun Violence. 

"Caring for Creation" by Recycling

Four teams at BAPC volunteer to pickup the church recycling to help improve our environment. Our church sextant also helps by saving cardboard and other items. Volunteers take the recycling home to add to their home recycling since the county does not provide recycling pickup at the church. Contact John Rupp to volunteer.

An Outreach Program for Incarcerated Youth

BAPC has worked with incarcerated youth at Bon Air Juvenile Correctional Center for over 20 years. Volunteers throw bi-monthly birthday parties and a Christmas party with food, games and songs. Contact Martha Singdahlson to volunteer.

Monthly Activities

5¢-A-Meal Contributions

 These contributions support ministries to hungry people, locally and throughout the Mid-Atlantic, through the Presbytery of the James. A designated basket is located in the back of the sanctuary or contributions can be delivered to the church office

Fairly Traded Coffee and Chocolate

These products are sold the first Sunday of each month through the Presbyterian Coffee Project. Equal Exchange seeks to balance the inequities found in the conventional coffee trade.

Open Trunk Food Drive

On the first Saturday of each month, in the church parking lot, we will be collecting non-perishable food for a local community food bank. We have been alternating between delivering the donations to the Bainbridge Community Center Food Pantry and the Chesterfield County Food Bank, each of which have had large increases in the number of families asking for help. Help us to continue supporting this vital mission to serve those in our area who are experiencing food insecurity.

Peace Study/Action Group

The Peacemaking / Study Group seeks to study and promote paths to peace in our church, our community and our world. Contact Deborah Houghton to get involved.

Sylvia's Sisters
Souper Bowl of Caring
Shalom Farms
Open Trunk Food Drive

Other Projects

Gateway Homes – Gateway Homes is a residential treatment facility designed for people with depression, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia.  A model program, at Gateway Homes, when residents are prepared, they will move from the Supportive Living Center to Gateway’s Supported Living Apartments, which offers on-campus apartment living.  BAPC provides support by “adopting” an apartment and donating linens, as well as other items such as small furniture pieces, bedding, curtains, and kitchen cleaning supplies.

Assisting Families of Inmates (AFOI) makes a world of difference to the families of those incarcerated. BAPC supports this vital connection for families through benevolences. AFOI helps families to visit their loved ones by assisting with scheduling and transportation. New this past year, AFOI has expanded the technology options for families so that they can visit loved ones through video visitation at locations around Virginia with their own devices at home.

Micah Initiative – Volunteers from BAPC are participating at Southampton Elementary School through the Micah Initiative. Micah is an association of faith communities partnering with Richmond Public Schools. We are seeking additional volunteers for our work at Southampton Elementary School.  Beginning in October 2023 we will be returning to the school as reading buddies.  If you would like to get involved in this or have other questions, please contact Deborah Houghton at debho@comcast.net.

Sylvia’s Sisters is an area non-profit working to fight period poverty – the inability to afford or access menstrual products — by providing period product kits to schools and organizations in Central Virginia. In Summer 2023, BAPC hosted a “packing party” were we helped package product kits that will be sent all over the greater Richmond area, so that children, youth, and young adults can attend school, go to work, and thrive, without embarrassment or stigma.  

Seasonal Projects

Connects parents in prison with their children through the delivery of Christmas gifts. Church volunteers choose a child and purchase new gifts, wrap them, and return them to the church for delivery to the children.

CROP Hunger Walk

In November the middle and the high school youth participate in the Crop Walk, a ministry of Church World Service, by raising funds to end hunger in the community and around the world.

Thanksgiving Mitten Turkey

A visible project to collect mittens, hats and scarves for the Chesterfield Christmas Mother and to share warmth to those in need.

An outreach project where the youth of BAPC join with other groups and organizations around the country to make a positive impact by collecting money and food donations on Super Bowl weekend.

Salvation Army Christmas Stockings

Stockings are filled with small gifts for a chosen age group and collected at the church. The stockings are distributed by the Salvation Army.

Faith Community Trialogue

A unique series that brings together the Christian, Muslim and Jewish faiths to promote interfaith dialogue. The aim of the dialogue is a deepening mutual understanding and appreciation between the three Abrahamic religious communities.

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